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Published: April 1 2015

Have an injured teddy bear? Always wanted to see a horse on a treadmill? Or maybe you’re just interested in learning more about the world-class education, innovative research and state-of-the-art clinical services that are all a part of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine.

Sometimes, service animals need servicing

Published: March 30 2015

The University of Florida’s Small Animal Hospital will offer free eye screenings and heart examinations to service animals on May 8 as a part of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists’ National Service Dog Eye Exam event.

Dr. Heather Walden looks on while John Slapcinsky of UF’s Florida Museum of Natural History dissects a snail.

UF researchers: Rare parasite colonizing snails in South Florida

Published: February 25 2015

A rare parasite that can cause sickness in humans and animals is present in more species of snails in Florida than previously thought, potentially putting people and pets who eat snails at risk.

UF Preeminence moving forward with Board of Trustees tenure approval of new faculty hires

Published: December 5 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Twelve nationally recognized professors are joining the University of Florida faculty, furthering UF’s push toward becoming a top public university.

Lindsay Mehrkam, a UF doctoral student in psychology, delivers Larry the tortoise’s preferred enrichment: a neck rub.

The Human Touch: New research suggests animals prefer human connections

Published: November 19 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- What do animals really want? A new study from the University of Florida suggests it might be human contact, at least in the case of some Galapagos tortoises.

Wild southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) mother and newborn pup sheltering in the Great Tide Pool at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

UF veterinary researchers discover new poxvirus in sea otters

Published: June 19 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After studying unusual skin lesions seen in two orphaned sea otter pups, University of Florida scientists and their collaborators have identified a previously unknown poxvirus in the infected animals.

UF researchers say gold-based drug shows promise for fighting bone cancer in people and pets

Published: March 25 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A gold-based drug currently used in human and veterinary medicine to manage certain immune diseases may prove useful in combating osteosarcoma, a devastating bone cancer that affects both dogs and people, University of Florida veterinary researchers report.

Low-cost Alzheimer's testing, Hepatitis C treatments among top 10 stories, 2013

Published: December 30 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — 2013 was a busy year for news and research at the University of Florida. Here’s our list of the Top 10 posts based on unique pageviews.

UF researchers: Tail vaccinations in cats could save lives

Published: October 31 2013

UF researchers report cats may be the key to human HIV vaccine

Published: October 1 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Blood from HIV-infected human subjects shows an immune response against a cat AIDS virus protein, a surprise finding that could help scientists find a way to develop a human AIDS vaccine, report University of Florida and University of California, San Francisco researchers.

UF researchers develop technique to test manatees for heart disease

Published: June 18 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Leisurely swims in warm, tropical waters fueled by the gaze of admiring fans and a healthy vegetarian diet. The life of a manatee hardly seems likely to prompt concerns about heart disease. But researchers at the University of Florida say the lumbering, loveable sea cow’s ticker deserves a closer look because of the animal’s endangered status.

Rare human parasite found in U.S. horse for the first time, University of Florida researchers report

Published: November 15 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A rare, potentially fatal species of parasite never before found in North America has been identified in a Florida horse.

Analysis of bacterial genes may help ID cause of dog brain disease, say UF researchers

Published: September 27 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — By analyzing the genes of bacteria, University of Florida researchers have moved a step closer to pinpointing how two brain disorders common in small-breed dogs occur.

UF veterinary researchers discover new virus linked to death of Australian snakes

Published: July 19 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida researcher and colleagues in Australia and Germany have discovered what might be a deadly new snake virus.

Mutant gut bacteria reverse colon cancer in lab models, UF researchers find

Published: June 12 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A mutant form of a meek microbe deals a gutsy blow to colon cancer, University of Florida scientists have discovered. The special bacteria halted abnormal inflammation, reduced precancerous growths and reversed progression of severe cancerous lesions in the large intestines of mice. The findings appear June 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

UF veterinarians hope new gene chip will help detect, treat West Nile virus in horses and humans

Published: December 7 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new “gene chip” developed at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine sheds light on brain response in horses infected with West Nile virus and could lead to better ways to diagnose and treat both equines and humans, researchers said.

UF researchers: Single dose of contraceptive vaccine controls fertility in cats for years

Published: September 29 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, report that a single dose of an immunocontraceptive vaccine controls fertility over multiple years in adult female cats.

Genetic analysis of costly cattle disease may aid in vaccine development

Published: July 13 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine say proteins common to multiple strains of Anaplasma marginale, a tick-borne pathogen that costs the U.S. cattle industry millions of dollars annually and is even more devastating in developing countries, could hold the key to developing an effective vaccine against the disease.

Dolphins could be ideal model to study human cervical cancer, UF veterinarians say

Published: February 18 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After testing dozens of samples from marine mammals, University of Florida aquatic animal health experts say they have found the ideal model for the study of cervical cancer in people.

House-infesting brown dog tick becoming resistant to common pesticides, UF experts say

Published: September 23 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s bad enough that the Southeast is bedeviled by a tick that doesn’t mind taking up residence inside homes.